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Darrelle Revis got crucified by the New York Daily News today.
Manish Mehta destroyed him and the story was the backpage story (which is the front page for tabloid sports sections).
Mehta, who is giving the struggling Daily News just what they are looking for, banner headlines and clickbait for their website, claimed Revis fleeced Jets owner Woody Johnson.
The first paragraph – “Who knew that Darrelle Revis had a mail-it-in clause in his latest contract.”
The column was vicious.
Like I said yesterday, this Revis situation is a bad scenario. The other day he had to defend himself when asked about Michael Irvin’s criticism.
And the next day, this story hits.
It just doesn’t stop.
Let me jump in here in regards to the Revis and effort.
I don’t think his coverage issues are related to effort. I just think he’s lost speed and quickness, and this creates matchup issues. There isn’t much he can do about that.
But when it comes to tackling, you can question the effort at times. Just look at the long runs by Cleveland’s Isaiah Crowell and Arizona’s David Johnson.
Also, another effort concern. He reported out of shape. When you are making $17 million guaranteed this year, you should report in the best shape of your life. I understand he had a wrist issue, but what does that have to do with cardio?
But I don’t agree with Manish’s premise that Revis duped Jets owner Woody Johnson.
I think the owner duped himself. You don’t give 30-year-old cornerbacks five-year, $70 million contracts with $39 million guaranteed. It’s just bad football business.
This isn’t second-guessing from me. I ripped this move from jump street.
And that doesn’t make me a football genius.
The signing was a huge mistake . . .
Matt Forte has a good feel for facing Ndamukong Suh. He did on many occasions when he was with the Chicago Bears and they faced Detroit, a division rival twice a year.
One thing that should help the Jets deal with Suh is that the interior of their offensive line – with James Carpenter, Brian Winters and Wes Johnson – have played very well the last few weeks.
The bigger concern for the Jets is the Dolphins’ edge rush with Cam Wake and Mario Williams, since both Jets tackles are dealing with shoulder issues. It’s unclear if both Ryan Clady and Breno Giacomini will play.
I think they both play, but you could see a lot of Ben Ijalana, especially at right tackle.
Clady is fighting through a shoulder injury. Aside from having a strong pain threshold, he also realizes that if he misses games this year with injuries, he’s probably going to have a hard time getting a job next year. He’s had SO many injuries the last few years, which is one of the reasons Denver traded him, so the last thing he needs is to wind up on the shelf this year . . .
I think the Jets are going to have a lot of success throwing the ball this week. While the Dolphins have won two in a row, their cornerback situation is far from ideal. Byron Maxwell and Tony Lippett (a former Michigan State WR) isn’t one of the better cornerback combos in the league. And the Dolphins don’t have a lot of depth at corner with Xavien Howard and Chris Culliver out.
The Jets, if they can protest Fitzpatrick, should have a nice afternoon through the air.
November 4, 2016
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